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Accion Finance Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. November 6, 2018 –  Accion became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses worldwide need financing to...
Video: Supporting Short-Term SME Finance in Kenya with ‘Invest in Africa’
Invest in Africa, is a credit guarantee scheme in Kenya. With its first ever SME financing loan disbursement to an SME in Turkana County. The project supports short-term SME finance in Turkana County, northern Kenya, and is funded through the Department for International Development’s ‘Kenya Extractives Programme’ and managed by Oxford Policy...
Member News: Over 200 SMEs Benefit from QDB’s Lending Scheme
SME Finance Forum member, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) impacted 298 Qatari SMEs by the disbursement of QR1.6bn from QDB through Al Dhameen. Al Dhameen, is an indirect loan facility programme that aims to motivate banks to offer financing to startups and SMEs that are unable to provide the necessary financing guarantees or collaterals, according to...
Measuring the Value for Money of Acceleration
The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative released a publication detailing the various ways accelerators can think about value for money of their programs, explores one practical approach to calculating value for money and summarizes similar evaluations conducted for other types of entrepreneur support programs. Various accelerator program types...
Irish SMEs Lack Government Support
In the SME Ireland Confidence Tracker, a national survey of over 200 SMEs across the Republic of Ireland, published by Bibby Financial Services Ireland, revealed 88 percent of Irish SMEs would like more support from the government. Irish SMEs would like support in the following areas, tax breaks, a lower VAT rate, additional funding, subsidized...
Member News: 4G Capital Partners with the Centre for Financial Inclusion’s Smart Campaign
SME Finance Forum member, 4G Capital joins the Centre for Financial Inclusion’s Smart Campaign to define global standards for client protection across the digital financial services industry. According to the article, the Smart Campaign, creates an environment in which financial services are delivered safely and responsibly to low-income customers...
Member News: Brac Bank Provides Financial Services to the Unbanked
SME Finance Forum member, Brac Bank offers agent banking with plans to recruit 5,000 agents in the next five years. The idea was introduced 20-25 years ago, according to the article, however the service did not begin until five years ago. Customers who live in remote areas will now be able to access around the clock services at the agent banking...
TUHF Annual Integrated Report 2018
TUHF's Integrated Annual Report is used to communicate with their stakeholders, primarily their funders and They use it to explain their performance, strategy and prospects, and compiled it according to International Integrated Reporting Council’s (IIRC) Integrated Reporting <IR> Framework. This report covers the performance of the Trust for...
Effective Risk Assessment Models and Alternative Data Proves Beneficial for Retail Lenders
Effective risk assessment is instrumental in the lending business. According to Medici, technology companies are creating risk assessment models with increasingly inclusive variables that are allowing lenders to reach the previously unbankable population. Alternative data can improve risk assessment for retail lenders. According to the article,...
Member News: DBS Officially Releases New Programme for Startups
SME Finance Forum member, DBS launched Startup Xchange, a new business-matching programme for startups. The programme will support DBS, and their corporate and SME clients find solutions for their business by utilizing expert startups. According to the article, the initiative aims to reverse the downward trend happening with accelerator programmes...